Remember this kid?
In case you don’t, that’s then-13 year-old Jonathan Krohn speaking to conservative at CPAC in 2009. Krohn had just written a book titled “Defining Conservatism,” and many hailed him as a future star of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Flash forward to 2012, and Krohn, now 17 years old, isn’t really that conservative anymore.
“I think it was naive,” Krohn now says of the speech. “It’s a 13-year-old kid saying stuff that he had heard for a long time.… I live in Georgia. We’re inundated with conservative talk in Georgia.… The speech was something that a 13-year-old does. You haven’t formed all your opinions. You’re really defeating yourself if you think you have all of your ideas in your head when you were 12 or 13. It’s impossible. You haven’t done enough.”
Perhaps Bill Maher was on to something…
While some conservatives who take issue with Krohn’s maturation and development believe his is a case proving “why children should be seen and not heard,” I’m betting if this were a formerly outspoken liberal kid expressing his now conservative views, he’d be held up as a hero.